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Forum topic by Dallas posted 11-11-2012 11:50 PM 1163 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2012 11:50 PM

A couple of days ago our neighbor had a bunch of trees taken down.
Oaks, both white and red, Sycamore, a big Bodark, and some Chinese Tallow trees.

He’s putting up some Storage Rentals and had a contractor take them down, so I asked the contractor to give or sell me a couple of the logs.
That afternoon he brought me some nice clean, clear 5’ pin oak logs, some 12’ Sycamore and some 8’ Chinese Tallow trees.
Each log is at least 24” across and I have to cut them down to harvest any of the wood with my little chain saw mill, but I think it’s worth it.

Oh, I forgot to mention, I bought a new bar and chain for my Poulan PP5020AV 20” saw.
It has a 50.2cc engine, and is an almost identical twin of the Husky 450-460 models.
I have owned smaller Mac’s with 26-30” bars so I thought I would buy one and see if the saw would handle it.
I got a 28” Power Match bar and a couple of matching full chisel chains for it.
Warning!: Poulan and Husqvarna do not list anything more than 20” bars and only list “Vanguard” homeowner chains. Vanguard chains are a safety chain with low kickback, but even worse, aren’t good for production cutting. If you only use the saw to cut up brush and branches they are fine, don’t try to use one to cut through a 20” log in less than 10 minutes after the first couple of cuts.

The 28” bar and the full chisel chain is a real joy to use! The bar makes the saw a bit front heavy, but I can deal with that. It also oils better than the OEM 20” bar and chains, even if you use a full chisel on to OEM bar.

To digress back to the original subject, I didn’t get far on the log I started on, only 3 slabs after prepping it down to a useable size. My hip was giving me fits.
The 3 slabs I cut are all 20” wide useable, 5’ long and one is 3 1/2” thick while the other two are 5/4 thick.
The thick one will be used next year as a mantle on a fireplace for a client. It will keep a live edge and as a plus it has a big antique branch that died nearly 80 years ago embedded in it. The rest will be 5/4 to 8/4 boards from the oak, and be stacked in the wood shop.

Another plus is that this log and the next one has a lot of spalting, and isn’t too punky. Not sure what I’ll do with the rest but I can see a nice book matched coffee table or small kitchen table in this stuff.

I only got one picture that came out decent and I’ll try to post it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 03:07 AM

Now you’ve done it! I gotta fire mine up when I get home and slab some elm. Wish I had that sycamore! Pace yourself!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 03:56 AM

I always cut till I am exhausted one day, then it takes a few days to recover. Congratulations on the logs. I take all I can find.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 12:57 PM

Surely, a fun weekend project!

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#4 posted 11-12-2012 01:33 PM

Andy, Don’t wait too long… it’s gettin’ cold at home!

Monte, I have a couple of the local tree guys that are happy to bring me the large logs they cut if I want, I just can’t do them fast enough to keep up.

I’ve been considering one of the new bandsawmills from Harbor Freight, but I want to hear more reviews on it first.
For around here it would be the only mill in 140 miles.

Fishinbo….. Anytime I get to work with wood or power tools is FUN!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 11-13-2012 01:46 PM

I too have been tempted by that HF band mill, but beyond my budget and probably overkill for my boxes!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 11-13-2012 01:53 PM

I almost certain it would use less gas than our chain saws, and save on oil as well. The engine kind of scares me. I’m not fond of those Chinese engines. I would be tempted to swap it out with a nice Honda engine mate in South Carolina.

For 1900 + shipping it would almost be worth it here, unless I could find a used Wood Mizer withing a couple hundred miles.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 11-14-2012 01:34 PM

That is one hunk-a-hunk-a wood. Wow

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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